Last weekend, Sigga, Beta and Elín won Iceland’s national final Söngvakeppnin with their song “Með hækkandi sól”. But now the full voting figures have revealed that the sisterly trio did NOT win the first round at the grand final.
Icelandic broadcaster RÚV has released the full voting figures of Söngvakeppnin 2022, showing a difference in favourites between the two grand final voting rounds.
The hip hop group Reykjavíkurdætur won the first round with their song “Turn This Around”. The act was the favourite of both Icelandic televoters and the expert jury.
Five of the seven judges ranked “Turn This Around” as their favourite song. The overall winning song “Með hækkandi sól” was less popular with jurors in the first round. Only two ranked it as their top pick, however three had it ranked second.
After the first round, the Reykjavíkurdætur were in the lead with 45,757 votes, while Sigga, Beta & Elín were closely behind with 42,224.
In the superfinal, it was up to Icelandic televoters alone to decide the winner. There, voters gave Sigga, Beta & Elín and additional 35,156 votes, while the Daughters of Reykjavik had an extra 23,470. Added to the first round voting, this was enough to put Sigga, Beta & Elín in the lead with a total of 77,380 and give them the ticket to Turin. Reykjavíkurdætur were second with 69,227.
Söngvakeppnin 2022 – grand final first round voting
|Reykjavíkurdætur -“Turn This Around”||26,320||19,437||45,757|
|Sigga, Beta & Elín -“Með hækkandi sól”||24,083||18,141||42,224|
|Amarosis – “Don’t You Know”||12,506||11,921||24,427|
|Stefán Óli – “Ljósið”||9126||13,476||22,602|
|Þaðan af -“Katla”||5972||15,031||21.003|
Is the Söngvakeppnin superfinal cursed?
If history is anything to go by, it’s not a good sign when the winner of the Söngvakeppnin superfinal is different from the winner of the first round of voting.
Since the voting breakdown was first revealed in 2014, whenever the first round winner has not gone on to also win the superfinal, this act has failed to qualify for the grand final at Eurovision.
María Ólafsdóttir, Greta Salóme and Ari Ólafsson didn’t win the first grand final round of voting in their years, but got to Eurovision by winning the superfinal. All three acts didn’t manage to qualify for the Eurovision grand final.
Conversely, Pollapönk, Hatari and Daði og Gagnamagnið all won both the first voting round and the superfinal in the years they competed. All three acts qualified for the Eurovision grand final — and gave Iceland its best Eurovision results since the 2000s.
The one exception is Svala. In 2017, she won both Söngvakeppnin voting rounds with her song “Paper”. However, despite being a local hit, European audiences didn’t share the enthusiasm and the song didn’t make it out of its semi-final in Kyiv.
Fans have criticised the Söngvakeppnin semi-final for using a voting system that isn’t on offer at Eurovision itself. The superfinal system allows voters to change their minds or even vote “against” a disliked act — something that doesn’t apply at Eurovision.
Sigga, Beta and Elín will perform “Með hækkandi sól” in the second half of the first semi-final in Turin this May.
What do you think? Should Söngvakeppnin stop using the superfinal? Or does it make for a more interesting national final? Tell us your thoughts below!